On my Mom’s side of the family, a lot of folks have hearing loss. It’s genetic. When we get together as a group, people are just really used to speaking clearly and making eye contact, and maybe being a little louder than usual. On my Dad’s side though, most of the family does not have […]

MUSICAL TREASURE – Sharon Glass When I think about my life’s treasures, one thing in particular comes to mind as the most precious treasure of all…Music. From my earliest memories to this very moment, music has been the golden thread that has anchored me to this life. And even though I listen to many different […]

Bill Kramer: Bear With Me As I approached age 30, like many young people, I started seeing a therapist. We talked about times and events that made an impact on my life. One such time was as a very young child, maybe 3 or 4. My mother was often ill and spent days at a […]

Nancy Bartlett In 2012 I went to Mexico – my first time ever out of the United States or Canada  – and I went for seven weeks … alone, no one’s needs or wants to accommodate but my own.  I lived in a pretty small room so cleaning took all of 10 minutes a week. […]

Poet Anne Sexton describes courage as “a small coal / that you kept swallowing.” It’s a powerful metaphor. As early as 1550 B.C., ancient Egyptians used a certain kind of charcoal to treat poisons and toxins. It absorbs them, renders them harmless. And so we keep swallowing the small coal of courage, so that despite […]